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Publication numberUS1134837 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 6, 1915
Filing dateJun 2, 1914
Priority dateJun 2, 1914
Publication numberUS 1134837 A, US 1134837A, US-A-1134837, US1134837 A, US1134837A
InventorsMac L Fox
Original AssigneeWilliam B Traver, Mac L Fox
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combined colander, strainer, and steamer.
US 1134837 A
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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Apr. e, 1915.

Application filed June 2,1914. Serial No. 842,461.

To all lwhom, it may concern.'

Be it known that I, MAC L. Fox, a citizen of the United States, residing at Columbiaville, in the county of Lapeer and State of Michigan, have invented new and useful Improvements in Combined Colanders, Strainers, and Steamers, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to a combined colander, strainer and steamer; and it has for its'object the provision of a device of this character which will be provided with a funnel-like body portion having relatively separable sections between which a foraminated disk may be properly interposed and removably fitted thereto in such manner.

that it may be quickly disconnected therefrom and sterilized and maintained in a sanitary condition. l

Another object of the invention is the provision of a device of this character which may be readily converted from a strainer to a steaming device and which when converted into the latter will be of such form that the steam will be made to freely circulate through that portion of the device in which the articles to be cooked are arranged.

With these and other objects in view, the invention consists of certain novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts, as will be hereinafter described and claimed.

In the accompanying drawings Figure 1 is a perspective view of the device; Fig. 2

is a vertical section therethrough; Fig. 3 is a perspective View of the male section of the device; and Fig. 4'is a perspective view,

vshowing the different forms of foraminated disks.

The device consists of a 'female section 1 and a male section 2, the former being provided with a substantially funnel-shaped upper portion 3, whose walls terminate into a relatively broad seat 4 at the juncture of the upper end of the section 1 with the base of the portion 3, as clearly shown in Fig. 2. The female sectionhl is provided immediately beneath the seat 4 with a circular series of corrugations 5, and below the corrugations the section 1 is provided with an integral 'section 6. 'The male section 2 is provided with an external thread 7, and at a point above the thread said male secV on is provided with an annular series of cor- `may be used for the purpose of steaming artlcles of food` for use as a strainer or for use as a colander, and I, therefore. desire to employ a series of disks 11, 12 and 13, shown in Fig. 1. These disks are of foramnated nature( `and thev meshes of the different disks varyjaccording to-the character of'.V the work to be performed. say the disk 11 has relatively fine meshes, and this disk may be used when the device is converted into a strainer. slightly larger meshes and the same is thereby intended to beemployed in connection with the devici` when the latter is converted into a colander. The disk 13 has Still coal-ser meshes, and it is therefore designed to be used in connection. with the device when the latter is converted into a steamer. The disks 1l. 12 and 13 are each of the same diameter, and either one of the said disks may be freely passed into the female section 1 of the device and they may be brought to bear against the seat 4 and it may be confined thereagainst by adjusting the section 2 in the member 1 and causing the flange 9 of said section 2 to bear against the disk and thereby securely confine the Same therein at the bottom of the funnel portion 2.v It is stated that the flange 9 is split' at 10 to-render the flange yieldable. This is preferred in order That is tolfr -AvAiLABLE Corr COMBINED COLANDER, STR-Amun., AND STEAMER.

The disk 12 has i that the two fianges 9 and 4 may be properly relied upon to effect a proper seating of the verted into a colander will be readily under-l stood but in order that one may clearly understand the working of the device when converted into a steamer as hereinbefore described, it is said that when using the device in this manner the lower end of the device, or in other words the section 2 is extended into a suitable utensil A, The foods to be cooked may be'placed in the portion 3 above the foraminated disk of the device and it will thus be seen that the steam rising` from the Water will pass through the foraminated disk and it will enterr the portion 3 of the device and freely circulate around the foods as will be readily und`erstood. y

In orderV 1.that the steam Will be held against escaping from the steaming portion 3 during the steaming operation it is preferred to ii'rofide acover 14 hinged at 15 to one side 'of the port-ion 3. This cover is provided with a spring claspv 16 which is adapted toengage in a cess 17 "foi-ined eXteriorly ofthe member 3. When the cover is adjusted Ato a closed position, the broad upper end of the member 3 is' entirely closed andthe Steam will be properly confined ivithin the member, as

Will'be understood.r The 7portion 3 is described fasbeing' substantially of funnelsha'pe but it may bemore correctly described as semi-spherical, the Walls of vwhich' being bulged outwardly and upwardly and in effeet the said portion 3 forms a closure for the utensil' to prevent the steamfrom esv caping' frein the yclosure during the steaming operationJ'The peculiar curvature of thev keeper forming reresilient material and being rasees? strainer and steamer comprising a vessel having an opening in its bottom, a collar depending from its lower side and concentric with said opening and also having an inwardly extending annular iange around said openings, in combination With a tubulail member open at its ends and threaded in saidcollar and provided at its upper end with an inwardly extending annular flange,

and a foraminous disk secured betvveen the flanges el said vessel and said tubular meer ber,y the said tubular member being made of prov ded with a slot extending across its screw threads and also `across its flange.

ln testimony whereof I aiiix mv signature d in presence of two Witnesses.

. MAC L. FOX. 1Witnesses:


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U.S. Classification210/482, 141/331
Cooperative ClassificationB01D23/28